Dictan Version History

Dictan 6.0 (November 4, 2018)

New: Supported search in all dictionary bases (Beta version)
New: Minimum version of Android API is increased to 19 (4.4 KitKat)
New: Target version of Android API is increased to 28 (9.0 Pie)
New: Removed support of article text view
New: Added Spanish and German interface languages
Improved: Changed buttons in main application activity
Improved: Added icons in file navigator and ability to enter path manually
Fixed: File chooser stopped working due to blocked access to FS root in API 24 (7.0 Nougat) and higher
Fixed: Application locale stopped working at API 25 (7.1 Nougat) and higher
Fixed: Media resources over 1 MB couldn't be resolved (Android limitation)
Fixed: Video from previous article didn't stop even if the activity got paused
Fixed: Redirect to articles with slashes didn't work
Fixed: Search from external applications using search interface didn't work
Fixed: Long-click search from article didn't consistently work in API 23 (6.0 Marshmallow) and higher

Dictan 5.3 (February 2, 2017)

New: Added 'Add To Favorites' button to the article web view action bar and article bar
New: Applied run time permission policy as required by Android API 23 (6.0 Marshmallow) and higher
New: Minimum version of Android API is increased to 16 (4.1.2 Jelly Bean)
New: Target version of Android API is increased to 25 (7.1 Nougat)
Improved: Applied blue theme color to the application bars and tabs
Improved: Supported ACTION_SEND (Share) intent for integration with external applications

Dictan 5.2 (November 25, 2016)

New: Added 'word list' as an option for search from external applications
New: Added Ukrainian language
Improved: Included URL into the message about disabled HTTP(S) links
Improved: Supported ACTION_SEARCH (Search) intent for integration with external applications

Dictan 5.1 (February 03, 2016)

New: Added search in article as part of contextual action bar
New: Minimum version of Android API is increased to 15 (4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Improved: Word list scrollbar styles are updated to Material Design (5.0 Lollipop and higher)
Improved: Applied primary mode for contextual menu of web view (6.0 Marshmallow and higher)
Improved: Advanced the resolution of external removable SD card
Fixed: Recent words mode at word list didn't finish until action is performed

Dictan 5.0 (June 15, 2015)

New: Light demo base is deployed at /sdcard/dictan if no other bases are found
New: Minimum version of Android API is increased to 9 (2.3 Gingerbread)
New: Additional options for search from external applications
New: All external search options are applied to 'plain text' requests
Improved: Words for external 'plain text' requests are added to 'recent words'
Improved: Adaptation for Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and above
Fixed: Layout window appeared on first start of Dictan from external applications

Dictan 4.10 (May 12, 2015)

New: Supported info about resources for external applications (targeted integration with FBReader)
Improved: Extended error information about inability to open dictionary bases
Improved: Speeded up recent and favorite words by transferring them to text files instead of DB
Fixed: Application crashed on opening words and bases with apostrophes (DB bug at 4.9)

Dictan 4.9 (May 3, 2015)

New: Supported maintenance of favorite words New: Supported plain text articles for external applications (targeted integration with FBReader)
Improved: All application icons are replaced with the latest ones from clipart
Improved: 3x dots-per-inch screen density is supported for all icons
Improved: Supported additional tags in titles of DSL articles

Dictan 4.8 (April 22, 2015)

New: Settings to hide and show buttons at the action bar (3.0 Honeycomb and higher)
New: Enabled the home button at top left corner and activated it as 'back' button (4.0 ICS and higher) Improved: Changed menu icon for the recent words

Dictan 4.7 (April 12, 2015)

New: Supported selective SQL 'like' queries and reduction of the word list for FDB and ZD bases
New: Added a setting option for the selective search list size
New: Added 'Translate' button (magnifying glass) to the article web view (4.4 KitKat and higher)
New: Applied the option of long click (default menu or direct translation) to the article web view (4.4 KitKat and higher)
Improved: Scaling at article web view is applied to text instead of view port (4.0 ICS and higher)
Improved: All standard menu items are moved to the toolbar at devices with large screen (4.0 ICS and higher)
Improved: Disabled transition animation which is by default enabled at some devices, especially tablets
Improved: Added logic for detection of external removable SD cards ('dictan' folder should exist if no write permissions are granted)
Improved: Application styles are adapted to Material Design
Improved: Information about Art. and Abbr. Formatting is merged into one item
Improved: Upgraded the target API to version 22 (5.1 Lollipop MR1)
Fixed: Application crashed while trying to play audio resources that couldn't be found

Dictan 4.6 (March 15, 2015)

New: Supported FDB version 3 which enables DSL markup for FDB bases (.fdl extension)
Fixed: Text view could not load base images

Dictan 4.5 (Jan 18, 2015)

Improved: Updated the support of Unicode to version 6.2.0
Improved: Upgraded the target API to version 21 (5.0 Lollipop)
Fixed: One-letter links couldn't be opened due to the incorrect check in the code

Dictan 4.4 (April 18, 2014)

Improved: Restructured web and text article navigation bars
Improved: Restructured titles of main, web, and text article views

Dictan 4.3 (March 25, 2014)

Fixed: Media resources could not be found at big multi-part FDB bases

Dictan 4.2 (March 2, 2014)

Improved: Supported system fonts at the article web view
Improved: Article view is defaulted to web and long click to copy text
Improved: Partially restored the context menu at the article text view which was skipped since Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Fixed: Audio tag was not parsed correctly resulting in the default browser audio player at the article web view and no player at the text view

Dictan 4.1 (February 15, 2014)

New: Supported the setting of font at the article web view
New: Supported FDB version 2
New: Added the new FDB option of "Prefix articles with words" to the About section
Fixed: The setting of search suggestions was ignored
Fixed: Application crashed when any recent word was selected while web-browser mode was enabled

Dictan 4.0 (February 1, 2014)

New: Supported user fonts which should be located in a specific directory pointed at the settings
New: Integrated the font of DejaVu Sans due to its extended Unicode support
New: Completely rebuilt the settings interface to use the native preferences API
New: Supported gestures: Right swipe at any preference screen will return to the list of words
New: Added information to 'About' section about the base languages and compilation author
New: Added 'Donations' tab to the 'About' section
New: The select dictionary icon migrated to the action bar from the options menu for Android 3.x and higher
New: The minimum version of Android API is increased to 8 (2.2 Froyo) and the target version to 19 (4.4.2 Kitkat)
Improved: Highlighted the list items on clicks
Improved: Extended functionality and corrected the styles of the application
Improved: Program will not open an FDB base if at least one of its parts is not found
Fixed: Application crashed if a base contained links to nonexistent images
Fixed: The setting of alternative search was ignored when set to find exact matches

Dictan 3.7 (December 1, 2013)

New: Added File Chooser to select the work directory at the program settings
Fixed: Scrolling of articles was very slow for some devices at Android 4.x

Dictan 3.6 (November 26, 2013)

Fixed: Word was not correctly positioned when word list was opened with a call from external application

Dictan 3.5 (November 23, 2013)

Improved: The labels of all buttons are replaced with icons
Improved: Program icon is upscaled for the devices with extra-extra high density screens (xxhdpi)
Fixed: The action for the call from external applications was not saved in the program settings
Fixed: List dividers were hidden for some devices at Android 4.x

Dictan 3.4 (November 20, 2013)

Improved: Minor corrections to the Russian interface language
Improved: Upgraded the target API to version 18 (4.3 Jelly Bean MR2)
Fixed: Font color was not changed to black at the white theme for API 11 and higher

Dictan 3.3 (November 17, 2013)

New: Added support for Russian language and language choice in the program settings
Improved: Added the Cyrillic collation rules for the devices where it is cut from the firmware
Improved: Added ability to go the word list if the translation is not found when called from external applications
Improved: Upgraded the target API to version 17 (4.2 Jelly Bean MR1)
Fixed: Sounds were not correctly played at the web translations of Android 4.x

Dictan 3.2 (May 4, 2013)

New: Ability to search exact matches or closest translations when called from external applications
New: Menu of "Recent Words" and ability to set its size in the program settings

Dictan 3.1 (May 26, 2012)

New: Ability to store and choose the list of recently selected dictionaries
New: Option to set the size of the recently selected dictionaries list
Improved: The default sdcard location is automatically resolved on the first program start
Fixed: Program crash at start when font size smaller than 9 is selected

Dictan 3.0 (December 27, 2011)

New: Integration with external applications (particularly CoolReader) is added. Documentation is available at the website.

Dictan 2.9 (November 19, 2011)

New: Multi-part FDB bases are supported to overcome 2 GB Android DB limit. English Wikipedia 2011 is converted and can be downloaded at the website.
Improved: 'About Dictionary' section is extended with the new FDB attributes
Fixed: Last selected .zd dictionary was not saved in the program settings

Dictan 2.6-2.8 (October 23-26, 2011)

New: New fast and universal FDB (Free Dictionary Base) format is introduced! First FDB bases (Britannica, EN-RU-EN, RU Wiki) can be downloaded at the website for testing.
Fixed: Some articles could be incompletely shown in some versions of Android.
Fixed: Color mode was not applied to the web browser translation view.

Dictan 2.5 (August 14, 2011)

Improved: References, images, sounds and word navigator are supported in the new web browser view (it's still beta version)
Fixed: Abbreviations could be applied to wrong text tokens

Dictan 2.4 (June 14, 2011)

New: Directories in the work directory are supported to allow categorizing dictionaries
New: Beta option to enable web translation view. Only for testing, it is not intended for use!
Improved: '.zd' extension is removed from the items of the list of dictionaries
Fixed: Some dictionaries with a particular number of words couldn't be opened
Fixed: Dictionaries could not be opened at any work directory that is different from /sdcard/dictan

Dictan 2.3 (May 24, 2011)

New: Option to set the work directory of the program where dictionaries are located
New: Option to use the translation font for the word lists and lists of dictionaries

Dictan 2.2 (May 8, 2011)

New: Option to disable HTTP/HTTPS links in translations
Fixed: Word search crashed at Android 2.3 and higher

Dictan 2.1 (April 23, 2011)

New: <c></c> tags are supported (along with the standard <abbr></abbr> HTML tags) to refer to abbreviations in translations
Improved: Search time is significantly decreased
Improved: HTTP and HTTPS links can be opened from translations with an Internet browser

Dictan 2.0 (April 4, 2011)

New: ZPAK media attachments (images & audio) are supported!
New: Dictionary locale is supported to follow the word list sorting rules for the word search
New: Dictionary flags are supported, especially -naf (No Auto Format) which denotes that translations should not be formatted
Improved: Translation is not prefixed with the word if it is found in the translation
Improved: Raw HTML header is removed from the translations to avoid wrong views
Improved: Memory model is relaxed to avoid out of memory exceptions at old devices
Improved: 'About' section's view is restructured and new info is added

Dictan 1.11 (March 14, 2011)

Fixed: The translation equlas sign (<=) was not handled appropriately
Fixed: Translation navigation didn't go back if the same word had previously been traced

Dictan 1.10 (March 4, 2011)

New: Option to disable the word search auto-complete
New: Option to chop up to 2-letter word endings if a direct translation is not found
Improved: User graphical interface is made more attractive
Improved: Translation view is made capable to show additional dictionary constructions
Improved: Focus returns to the 'Search' input field when the 'Clear Input Word' button is clicked
Fixed: Lists' focuses were not shown

Dictan 1.9 (February 17, 2011)

Improved: Search requests to the word list are speeded up
Fixed: Wrong entries were shown after the return from 'Translation' to the 'Word List' section

Dictan 1.8 (February 13, 2011)

New: 'Dictionary List Font Size' is added to the 'Settings' section
Improved: 'Settings' section is split up into two tabs of interface and translation settings
Fixed: Fatal exception occured at some versions of Android after the application had been kept in memory and not used for a while

Dictan 1.7 (February 5, 2011)

New: Abilities to translate a word, select and copy text are added to the long click translation menu
Improved: 'Screen Orientation' and 'Long Click Action' parameters are added to the 'Settings' section
Improved: Navigated words are cached in memory to speed up the recurring navigation over them
Improved: Tabs in 'About' section are moved to the bottom
Fixed: The Translation context menu was shown only with a long click on the translation text, and not anywhere out
Fixed: The Translation navigation bar disappeared if the screen orientation changed

Dictan 1.6 (January 20, 2011)

New: Long click translation conext menu is added which allows to copy the translation text to clipboard.
Improved: Preference of the color style is extended for the whole program interface
Improved: Keyboard is shown when the 'Clear Input Word' button is clicked
Fixed: Program collapsed if the optical trackbal was used to navigate over the links
Fixed: The word list skipped to the first item when it was resumed

Dictan 1.5 (January 16, 2011)

New: 'Settings' menu item is added to configure the word list and translation font sizes as well as their color styles
Improved: Translation navigation is not chopped back if the word has alredy been traced
Fixed: 'Back' button in the translation navigation bar could become hidden under some circumstances

Dictan 1.4 (January 09, 2011)

New: Interactive links are enabled
New: Navigation bar for interactive links is added
New: 'Clear Input Word' button is added
Improved: Last selected tab in 'About' section is saved

Dictan 1.3 (November 28, 2010)

New: Memory model is rebuilt to support big dictionaries
New: Dictionary detailed info is added to 'About' section
Improved: Load time is decreased, and progress bar is removed due to a short load time�
Improved: Translation viewing and morphology assignment
Fixed: Exception when the keyboard language is different from the dictionary language
Fixed: Positioning to a right word (instead of the next after the right one) when text in the 'Search' input field is changed

Dictan 1.2 (November 1, 2010)

New: Multithreading to keep up faster dictionary loads
New: Dictionary load progress bar
New: Enter button triggers a translation of a currently positioned word
Improved: The same choice of a dictionary doesn't reload it
Improved: A newly loaded dictionary is automatically positioned with regard to the word in the search box
Improved: Icon changed

Dictan 1.1 (October 27, 2010)

New: Checking and creation of /sdcard/dictan/ directory
Improved: Explicit messages for warnings and errors

Dictan 1.0 (October 19, 2010)

Basic version

Last Updated on December 10, 2020